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Description: Body relatively thin, long and narrow with a large eye and a terminal mouth. Paired fins medium length, dorsal and anal-fin bases relatively short and unequal (dorsal-fin base about 50% longer than anal-fin base), caudal peduncle long and narrowing sharply, procurrent caudal-fin rays 6-8 (6-7 spindly). Lightly marked mostly along the lower body: melanophores on the ventral midline at the isthmus and forward of the pelvic-fin insertion, in a short row along the anal-fin base, two or three (paired and one per side) between the third and sixth element, and then a streak of seven or eight unpaired melanophores along the ventral midline of the caudal peduncle ending near the start of the lower procurrent caudal-fin rays. Head melanophores are present only at the angle of the jaw. Internal melanophores are present around the sacculus and along the dorsal surface of the swim bladder and around the gut near the vent. In this larva there is a prominent linear internal melanophore along the ventral postcleithrum (above the pelvic girdle). The eye is round in this specimen.


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